Ranieri rues refereeing errors as Arsenal leave it late to beat Leicester

Danny Welback scored a dramatic goal in injury time as Arsenal snatched a victory

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Leicester will count themselves unlucky to have suffered a defeat against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon as they saw Danny Welbeck rise highest to nod home the winning goal in the 94th minute. 

Welbeck's goal gave Arsenal a narrow 2-1 victory after they'd gone behind to a Jamie Vardy penalty in the first half, before Walcott slotted home the equaliser from a ball that had been knocked down by Olivier Giroud.

The former Manchester United striker had been out injured for a long period in the run up to the game, and speaking to Off The Ball's Dave McIntyre after the game, Wenger revealed that bringing him on in that situation had been a worry. 

"He has not played a minute for 10 months in the first team and I put him on today because we were in a position where we had to score, and we finished with four strikers".

Wenger pointed to the character and determination shown by his side, stating that "in the end the fact that we refused to draw, that we gave absolutely everything and took all the risks paid off against a very good Leicester side. It puts us back in a very good position". 

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He added that the squad "knew the draw was not good enough. We took all the risks and sometimes you lose 2-1 and sometimes you win 2-1, today we won 2-1. Mainly because Leicester had not the energy level anymore to come out, and that allowed us always to keep pressure on them in the final third". 

While there were differences of opinion about a number of incidents in the game, both managers could agree on one thing - they were not happy with the performance of the referee.  

Wenger stated that "I was angry honesty because I think we had two big decisions against us", the first of which was a foul that wasn't given on Mesut Ozil, while the second was the penalty that he stated would "divide opinion".

Claudio Ranieri felt that the red card was the turning point in the game, telling Dave that "if it stays 11 vs. 11 we score again, because Arsenal were so nervous and we can score again in the counterattack". 

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"I think if we continue to play 11 vs. 11 we win the match, but I think also the referee was a little severe with us because [...] in the second half I think the crowd pushed a lot and put pressure on the referee".

Both Wenger and Ranieri were not about to rule out Leicester's chances of staying in the title race, with the Arsenal manager arguing that today's performance showed they are strong enough to be there. Ranieri added "I was happy if, between City and Arsenal, we got two points, and we got three. Fantastic". 

With a break in Premier League fixtures ahead, Ranieri echoed the words of Steve McClaren saying "I think it's good for us to recharge our battery and our spirit because the defeat was so difficult to digest, but also it's important to think ahead to the game against Norwich, because it will be another tough match".